The Chinese company Geely is mostly famous on a global level for being the owners of Sweden’s Volvo Cars, but the automaker is also highly active at home in China.
China, the world’s largest auto market, has been slowing down lately because of the economy increase that is predicted to be the lowest in more than two decades and due to the recent stock market rout. But there’s one segment that has not registered any slowdown and continues to post record deliveries – SUVs and crossovers. Geely now seeks to deliver a new competitor in the area and has released the first teaser images of a crossover vehicle. The still unnamed sport utility vehicle has been styled by the international team headed by Peter Horbury. He is best known for being the designer of the Volvo brand but he also directed the styling duties for all of Ford’s former Premier Automotive Group – which included Jaguar, Land Rover and Aston Martin. Thus, the computer renderings showcase a compact crossover with a clear European design influence. More details are unavailable at the moment, but the renderings show enough of the vehicle to see influences from the GC9 top of the line sedan that was introduced last year. Naturally, the model will be launched and become available exclusively in China, but Geely has expressed in numerous occasions to continue its expansion outside its home market.
Without any official confirmation, under the hood of the model we could see the same petrol hearts seen under the hood of the GC9. That means a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 160 PS (118 kW) and 210 Nm (155 lb-ft), a 1.8 turbo churning 180 PS (132 kW) and 285 Nm (210 lb-ft) and a flagship 3.5-liter V6 boasting 270 PS (199 kW) and 345 Nm (255 lb-ft).